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Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER Jesus Christ Superstar: This production features a cast of 50 who work against a dramatic but pared down backdrop that suggests the power of the authorities, the rugged terrain and the horror of the coming crucifixion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Jesus is played alternately by Sean Roberts and William Sawyer, with Louis Vitale and Andrew Flaherty sharing the role of Judas. Gavy Kessler plays a larger-than-life Pontius Pilate as he struts around on dry waller's stilts in his black and silver outfit. Herod is brought to life in all his malevolence by Henry O'Connell dressed in a dandy's feather-decorated outfit, while Mary Magdalene is played dually by Allie McGahie and Hannah Hoffman. Directed by David Stern, with Ken Olsson as musical director and Annesa Hartman as choreographer. 3/29 and 3/30: 7:30 p.m., 3/31: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, April 7. $10 to $40. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Conversations with the Artist: David Parker, Photographer: 7 p.m. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

MARLBORO Faculty Exhibition: Amy Beecher and David Eichelberger: Beecher, professor of painting, and Eichelberger, visiting professor of ceramics have two disparate art practices brought together by location and context. Beecher, an interdisciplinary artist, will exhibit abstract digital paintings and photographs. Ceramicist Eichelberger will exhibit recent clay vessels and wall pieces. Tying the work together is an interest in medium specificity and attention to evolving technologies of expression. 3/30: public lecture and reception 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Through Wednesday, April 4. Free. Marlboro College/Drury Gallery, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-7644; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

PUTNEY Documentary Film Series [Framed]: "The Hanji Box": This film is about Hannah, an American mother emerging heartbroken from a divorce, and Rose, her adopted Korean daughter. When the mysterious Hanji Box-Rose’s precious link to Korea is broken, Hannah travels to New York’s Koreatown to try to mend it. By chance she meets a charismatic Korean artist, who takes her on a journey of cultural discovery. Nuanced performances by the actors Suzanne Dudley Schon, Natalie Kim and Daniel Park illuminate the complexities of adoption, issues of longing and belonging, loss, mothering, identity and US Korean history. Filmmaker Nora Jacobson will introduce the film and host a post-film discussion. A new short film, "The R Word," will also be shown. 7:30 p.m. $10, $12 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School: "The Mass Reimagined" : The concert opens with Norman Luboff's "African Mass" sung by the Madrigals. This work uses traditional Latin text in conjunction with South African infused harmonies and grooves and will be accompanied by Steve Rice on timpani. The BUHS Chorus performs "A World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" composed in 2008 by Carol Barnett with added text by Marisha Chamberlain. The chorus is accompanied by Flynn Cohen, guitar; Becky Tracy, fiddle; Riley Goodemote, mandolin; and Jackson Levengood, bass. Elyse Wadsworth directs the ensembles. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.

BELLOWS FALLS Folk Musician Sam Amidon: Amidon is a singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Brattleboro. His most recent album, "The Following Mountain," was released in 2017 by Nonesuch Records. It's a deeply personal synthesis of folk-based song form and experimental improvisation. It's his first album of entirely original songs and compositions, featuring appearances by Shahzad Ismaily, Leo Abrahams, and free-jazz drummer Milford Graves, known for his pioneering work in the 1960s with artists such as Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock. 7:30 p.m. $17 ($20 at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Creating Your Own Small Business Website: INSTIG8, an arm of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, will help small businesses and nonprofits create their own website. Websites for small businesses and nonprofits are as common today as business cards and play a large role in promoting an enterprise or organization. With the advent of new web tools such as Squarespace, the job of developing and maintaining a website can now be handled by people without technical training. Bob Lawson, founder of Sustainable Digital, a Putney-based company specializing in web design, will present a live demonstration of how you can create a simple website from the ground up using Squarespace's templates and easy editor. The website basics you'll learn will include: how to select a template, how to organize the site and its menu Using "Blocks" to layout pages, building a photo gallery, adding forms and other special features. 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., 76 Cotton Mill Hill. Register:


BRATTLEBORO Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households that earn up to $54,000 per year and who live or work in Windham County. . Through Thursday, April 12. Free. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in VT for appointment ..


BRATTLEBORO Why Diets Don't Work: How to Lose Weight for Real: Learn why most diets fail and how the modified ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones can improve your focus, mental clarity, physical performance, maintain and build muscle, increase energy, provide better sleep, curb cravings, suppress appetite, and promote lasting fat loss. With Trisha Selbach--Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Lifestyle Educator, Weight Loss Specialist, Ketogenic Lifestyle Expert. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BELLOWS FALLS "The Creative Spirit": Film & Local Artists Discussion: Celebrate the artistic endeavors of seven women in Windham County--Jeanne Bennett (Westminster West) silver jewelry; Nancy Calicchio (Westminster West) landscape painting; Kim Grall (Westminster Station) gourds; Colleen Grout (Westminster) encaustics; Dena Gartenstein Moses (Putney) weaving; Fiona Morehouse (Putney) pottery; Rachael Shaw (Westminster West) fiber artisan--through a film screening of "The Creative Spirit" followed by a discussion with Shaw, Moses, Grout, and Grall on why and how they do what they do. 6 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,



March 2018